What excites your Spirit?

    Earlier this morning, as I walked barefoot, the scent of lavender invited me to dance, I am reminded of Rumi’s call to respond to that which excites me.     I gathered some lavender, yarn and a few fallen twigs …     …and created this little lavender being     She dances in celebration of our soulful, …

The Travelling Mini Me

My last class with my special needs student Elise was bitter-sweet – I felt sad and very emotional as it was not only our last class of the term but the last class for a long, long time… Elise and her family are leaving BC but I am super happy to know they are embarking on a new life in …

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change

  The flowers spoke in a million colours, dancing gracefully like paper angels. I wrote this in my journal last night after photographing the Irises in the garden. How often do we stop to appreciate the miracle before us, such as the intricate detail of the Iris or the simplicity of the daisy.  “If we could see the miracle of …

THE DANCE OF INTER-BEING (Nature Art Workshop)

Overlooking Lake Okanagan – You are invited to join Marghanita Hughes and Jessica Saunders for a transformation afternoon of art. As we illuminate our woven tapestry of Inter-being. Watch the video:   Opening up the afternoon with an inner clearing of space as we provide a journal for a guided radical writing technique     Igniting our inner child to take flight through …

Students Wall Hangings – Interbeing (Clouds In Each Paper)

Artstarts Project – “The fascinating Story of the Chocolate Tree” – Workshop 3 – Canvas Wall Hangings Grades 3,4 and 5 students investigated the beautifully written passage “Interbeing” by Thich Nhat Hanh. Interbeing means that you are part of the whole web of life. You are not isolated and alone. When you become peaceful, happy and solid the world benefits. …

A New Day Unfolds

The wild native Arrowleaf Balsamroot flowers (Balsamorhiza sagittata), also known as the Okanagan Sunflower, have me spellbound as they dance majestically in the early morning breeze. Their golden smiles light up the forest, bees arrive and butterflies too. Witnessing the birth of a new day unfold before me gifts immense joy, filling my heart and soul with deep love and …

Childhood Is A Time of Wonder – Dandelion Love

I have always loved dandelions! When I was young, I would make daisy and dandelion crowns and I still do! I also love drawing dandelions, observing the butterflies and bees that visit them but the best thing of all, is sharing the wonders of these amazing flowers with my students. This week with my special needs student, we are learning all …

Nurturing the Child’s Creative Spirit

Continuing my sessions on Storytelling with Nature with special needs student Elise, we investigated what the animals and birds need in order to survive – shelter, water and food. (Post on Habitat will follow) Having made clay and paper-mache models of the main book characters (fox, crow, rabbit and owl), Elise wished to take them into the forest to help …

It’s the weekend – you’ll find me in the forest!

It’s the weekend…You’ll find me in the forest!     or up a mountain   Wildness is a necessity… “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, …

Once Upon a Time…

Storytelling with Nature: Once upon a time their was a little Dragon… Children learn out of interest and curiosity. Elise is one of the special needs students I am working with this year. During our one to one session last week, she drew a dragon cloud in one of her paintings and told me she loved friendly dragons, so in …